x = independently organized TED event

Theme: City2.0 Design your City.

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
9:00am - 1:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, Western Cape
South Africa

For one day only, Saturday 13 October 2012, the worldwide TEDx platform - including TEDxCapeTown - will harness the power of people across the globe to encourage them to create a TEDx event themed 'City 2.0' – a day of urban inspiration – to be hosted in various cities at favourite local spots, featuring the brightest local minds and biggest hearts.

In unison, we'll share the stories of our beloved homes: where are the bright spots? The creative adaptations? The transformative responses to injustice? Who is asking the most pressing questions? Pioneering the most complex solutions? Speakers can focus on themes including culture, transportation, education, sanitation, recreation – all elements whose presence will dictate the success of our future cities.

TEDxCapeTown is joining 60+ other cities across the world to address this issue on 13 October 2012. (@tedxcapetown, #cities - #tedxct specifically for TEDxCapeTown)

This event is a result of the 2012 TED Prize - where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. For the first time ever, the annual TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet's future depends: the City 2.0.

Since its launch in 2005, the TED Prize has been awarded to 17 individuals with bold ideas for change. And now, 'City2.0' is the 2012 winner, basking in the spotlight to collate, collect and create innovative ideas around urban transformation in our cities.

Format of the day:

Ideas + Action = Engagement!

IDEAS: TEDxCity2.0 – hosted by TEDxCapeTown – will consist of 8 speakers sharing their ideas on cities and urban inspiration for 12 minutes each. (twitter #tedxct)
ACTION: There will also be an Action Pitch session to give you – the innovators – the opportunity to pre-submit your idea for urban transformation and then, in front of an audience on the day, pitch the idea that will inspire your local community and the global TEDx network. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (twitter #action_futures)
ENGAGEMENT: There will also be an xLab, an innovative exhibition space, to showcase and engage with inspirational projects that are transforming the city. Applications are open, deadline is 28 September. (Twitter #xlab)

Design your own community. Design your Cape Town.

Free World Design Centre
71 Waterkant St
Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
South Africa
Event type:
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Organizing team


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ian Duvenage
    Strategic Advisor
  • Carryn Ortlepp
  • Sue Northam
    Communications Director
  • Jo Chevalier
    Experience Coordinator
  • Altesh Baijoo
    Action Pitch Coordinator